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Dizziness While Standing Up: What Causes It?

Dizziness While Standing Up: What Causes It?

At some point in life, you may have experienced dizziness while standing up. Dizziness includes three subtly different symptoms:

Lightheadedness, where your head feels light, as if you may feel faint
Vertigo, where you feel that the room or world is spinning
Unsteadiness, where you feel like you are unstable

What Causes Fainting?

What Causes Fainting?

The medical term for fainting is syncope, and it refers to a sudden loss of consciousness that can happen due to hypoxia (oxygen deprivation in the brain). If the levels of blood and oxygen in your brain decrease for any reason, your brain reroutes blood and oxygen from non-vital parts

Help for Ailing Heart Valves

You know how important your heart is: it’s the pump that ensures a continuous supply of oxygen-rich blood to your brain and vital organs. But for this system to work, it’s essential that blood travels through the four chambers of your heart in the right direction. Here is where your

Diagnosed With a Heart Arrhythmia?

Heart arrhythmia is the broad term for any heart rhythm that isn’t completely normal. But while some abnormal rhythms can cause complications if they aren’t treated, you shouldn’t panic if you’re told you have an arrhythmia. “Even if your condition is potentially serious, keep in mind that many advances have

Blood Thinners: Consider Safety Along with Convenience

Blood Thinners: Consider Safety Along with Convenience

Whether you have atrial fibrillation (Afib) or a history of developing blood clots in your legs or lungs, you need to talk to your doctor about taking an oral anticoagulant medication. In a person with Afib, these blood thinners can prevent a blood clot from forming in the heart, traveling

Tests That Evaluate Your Heart Health

If your doctor suspects you have heart disease, you may be advised to undergo cardiac tests to diagnose your condition. These tests range from simple, non-invasive screenings to more involved procedures that may include the use of high-tech imaging equipment.

“Typically, these tests are ordered in response to symptoms such as

Heart Tests: Do You Need Them?

If you have chest pain or other symptoms that may indicate a heart issue, there is no doubt that tests like electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, and calcium scoring (see our chart on page 6 to find out what these tests involve) can help determine your risk for heart disease, assess your heart

Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke Causes

Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke Causes

About 87 percent of strokes are ischemic, meaning they are caused by a blockage of blood flow to the brain. Most ischemic strokes are the result of cardiovascular disease, or atherosclerosis. Ischemic stroke causes can also be from a clot (embolism) that forms in the heart or aorta, breaks away,

Common Heart Tests

In broad terms, the heart mainly consists of a plumbing system and an electrical system. There are two pumps: one uses arteries to push oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body; the other pump uses veins to usher blood back to the heart and into the

Harmless Heart Murmur vs. Abnormal Heart Murmur: Know the Difference

Harmless Heart Murmur vs. Abnormal Heart Murmur: Know the Difference

If you’ve ever been told you have a heart murmur, you may be inclined to immediately think you have heart disease. Symptoms of heart disease, however, usually include things like chest pain, shortness of breath, and lightheadedness as well as test results that show high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and

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